Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Sciences with Law), Level 3

Course overview

Are you looking to broaden your skills and knowledge and progress to higher education? Would you like to study law or sociality at university? Would you like to become a Psychologist or a Criminologist? This Diploma can help you achieve your place at university. Alongside studying subject areas such as criminology, sociology, law and psychology, students are assisted with their applications to gain a place at university. To date, we have been extremely successful in supporting such students to gain places both at local universities such as Birmingham City University, University of Wolverhampton, Newman University and the University of Worcester, as well as further afield.

The duration of this course is 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

The Access to Higher Education courses provided at HoW College are regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and validated by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from anyone who wishes to move into higher education. There is no upper age limit, however this course may not be suitable for younger students as one of the entry requirements is to have had substantial life experience prior to the course. Ideally you will have either GCSE English or maths at grade 4 (C) or above but alternative qualifications are considered, including our own Access Foundation course. You will also be asked to attend an interview where you will have the opportunity to discuss your options and decide on the most suitable course.

Course Modules

- Criminology
- Psychology
- Sociology
- Law
- Academic Study Skills

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on a continuous basis throughout the course through essays, reports, exams and presentations. You will have the opportunity to experience a formal examination setting to help prepare you for exams in higher education.

What can I do next

This is specifically for those interested in going on to study law, criminology, psychology or sociology or interested in developing a career in the law, prison sector, probation or social services.

Possible Future Careers:
- Legal Secretary
- Health Care Practice Manager
- Solicitor
- Criminologist
- Psychologist
- Social Services Worker
- Welfare and Housing Officer
- Police Officer
- Police Community Support Officer
- Prison Service Officer
- Barrister
- Judge
- Social Worker

our 2023 cohort have progressed to HE studying Law with Criminology, Law with Criminal Justice, Law (with placement), Sociology and Criminology and Social Work